From time to time, we are asked if viscose rug cleaning is possible. It is but there are some things that need to be known about this type of rug.
Viscose is seen as a natural fibre because of it being made from wood pulp but because it has been processed so much, it is little like most natural fibres. Still needs to be treated like natural fibre and harsh detergents cannot be used on it which normally be fine on a synthetic rug.
In rugs, viscose is often used with wool but not always. There are a number of types of viscose and some of them are made to look like silk and are sometimes called fake silk or art silk.
The viscose fibres are normally dyed after production and so are not solution-dyed. It also does well in bright colours.
One good thing about having a viscose rug is that it does not burn, unlike Rayon – it’s close cousin rayon which burns.
Viscose is very absorbent, so keep moisture to a minimum. These are the steps for viscose rug cleaning:
Viscose can react to detergents badly if they are too harsh. Make sure that you are using a mild cleaning solution with a PH between 4 and 8. It can also be susceptible to damage when using the wrong detergent.
From experience, red stains are particularly hard to remove with this type of fibre so if you spill something red or something with red in it, get to it quickly before it has had time to dry or set.